1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Hallucinating Donald Trump is reduced to having imaginary conversations with past U.S. Presidents


It’s been said that, during the last dark days of his dying presidency, Richard Nixon would roam the halls of the White House and have imaginary conversations with the paintings on the walls of past U.S. Presidents. Donald Trump has tried emulating Nixon in too many ways to count, from rigging the election, to obstructing justice while trying to cover up his crimes, so perhaps it’s fitting that Trump is now having imaginary conversations with past presidents as well.




Donald Trump held a press conference on Friday in order to throw a fit about the fact that no one is willing to fund his stupid border wall. During that debacle, Trump claimed that past U.S. Presidents have privately told him that they wished they’d built a border wall of their own. The trouble: that obviously never happened. In case confirmation of the obvious was needed, Politico has managed to confirm that Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton never wanted to build a wall. So what’s going on here?




Donald Trump lies constantly, of course, so that part is nothing new. And most of his lies are the kind that can be quickly disproven by fact checkers; Trump is simply banking on his supporters being too intellectually lazy to fact check his lies. But this is a large-scale lie even by Trump’s standards. He’s going so far as to claim that he’s had conversations with past U.S. Presidents that even his own drooling base knows he didn’t have.



It’s enough to raise the question of whether Donald Trump isn’t actually lying about this. Is it possible that his failed presidency, threat of ouster, and prospect of going to prison have caused him to slip so far, he actually believes he did have these conversations with past presidents? After all, Nixon seemed to be hallucinating about conversations with past presidents as well, and Nixon was never as mentally unstable as Trump is right now.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump electorate” – Google News: Letters to the editor Saturday: Making sense of President Trump – Savannah Morning News

Letters to the editor Saturday: Making sense of President Trump  Savannah Morning News

Making sense of President TrumpWhen I consider the current president, I am reminded of the presidency of Bill Clinton. Both men were delineated by two factors …

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FBI News Review: “Christopher Wray” – Google News: The Increasingly Toxic Political Climate For American Analysts Of US-China Relations – Analysis – Eurasia Review

The Increasingly Toxic Political Climate For American Analysts Of US-China Relations – Analysis  Eurasia Review

Well known economist Jeffrey Sachs has criticized the U.S. for having Canada detain executive Meng Wanzhou of China’s telecommunications giant Huawei.

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Trump Administration Freezes Raises for Pence and Cabinet Members  The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced late Friday night that it would freeze a pay raise for Vice President Mike Pence, members of the cabinet …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s Dark Triad

Dr Noam Sphancer, writing for Psychology Today, identifies the diagnostic criteria for a collection of three personality traits known as the Dark Triad. They are the functional (subclinical) personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy, and they occasionally make their appearance in full force and all at once, like a malignant Triple Crown, in a single individual.




While I’m not ordinarily a sucker for mystical symbolism, I must confess to a certain chill down my spine when learning the psychologists’ shorthand for this particular pathology is “DT.” Nevertheless, in reading the specific diagnostic criteria for this roundup of pathologies, one cannot help but see emerging a vivid, unmistakable portrait of Donald Trump.


Personal characteristics of the Dark Triad personality are highly reminiscent of Trump. Specifically, the DT is manipulative, deceitful, lacking in remorse or empathy, callous and greedy for attention and admiration. But there is a downside to DT.




Sphancer notes that, “Alas, success achieved using Dark Triad means comes at a cost, to both self and (often more acutely) others, as Dark Triad traits are associated with problems including unethical behavior, white-collar crime, lying, deception, and cyber-aggression.” The DT often has success, but the success fades quickly and turns sour. Trump’s three failed marriages support this (is anyone going to dispute that his current marriage isn’t also a failure?) as do his numerous bankruptcies, the high mortality rate of his friendships and his inability to stick with any one thing.



Typically the downfall of the DT is a horrorshow for everyone involved. He (and the DT is almost always a “he”) rarely goes down without taking everyone in reach down with him. That’s bad enough when the DT is well-known, powerful and has a lot of connections. When the DT is, well, DT himself, “president” of the United States, the consequences can be disastrous for America. And quite possibly the entire world.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump and republican party” – Google News: Republicans Don’t Really Want to Secure the Border – VICE

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The GOP could have gotten money for border security and even built Trump’s wall if they were willing to deal with Democrats. But the party has instead …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Eric Swalwell drops the hammer on Donald Trump


Donald Trump is running out of advisers, running out of allies, running out of excuses for his government shutdown, and running out of time. So now he’s doing what he always does. He’s stomping his feet and threatening to do over-the-top things he knows he can’t do.




Trump is now threatening to formally declare a National Emergency and use it as an excuse to unilaterally fund the border wall, while seizing any private land that sits in the way of his wall blueprint. In short, he can’t do this. He doesn’t have the law on his side to get it through the inevitable court challenge, and he doesn’t have the political muscle to even try it.




Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell, a rising star who belongs to the House Intelligence Committee and House Judiciary Committee, is slamming Donald Trump’s National Emergency threat for the empty nonsense that it is: “There is a national emergency alright. He lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”



In fact it’s difficult to find anyone who’s not laughing as this “National Emergency” silliness. Now that Donald Trump’s last desperate gasp has failed, with his border wall never getting funded and his government shutdown continuing to destabilize his dying presidency, what will he do next? Each of his moves is proving to be weaker and emptier than the last.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Sorry, Donald Trump, that’s not how anything works

“President” Donald Trump is now suggesting he could call a national emergency (perhaps based on his letter to Congress, and that “beautiful” slide deck. But alas, he is wrong about that. Trump stated: “We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country. I haven’t done it. I may do it. We can call a national emergency and do it very quickly.” Wrong.




Trump claimed it was not a threat, but merely stating that he could do it. Trump thinks he can do anything, but he is wrong on this. One, it would be unprecedented for a president to call a national emergency when there is no such thing going on. It would be challenged in court and, unless Chief Justice John Roberts and this Court have checked out, they would declare this unconstitutional in a nanosecond. The Supreme Court has held that specific Trump executive orders were unconstitutional.


A president’s power is not absolute, notwithstanding what any lawyer working for this administration might be telling Trump. During a real time of crisis, the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman attempted to use his extensive executive powers and issued an executive order to seize the steel plants that were having labor issues. In Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, the “Steel Seizure Case,” the Supreme Court held 6-3 that Truman exceeded his authority when he issued an executive order directing the commerce secretary to seize steel mills to avert a strike during the Korean War.




In his concurrence, Justice Robert H. Jackson set out the president’s power in three situations: 1) when the president acts in accordance with “an express or implied authorization of Congress,” the president is at his broadest authority; 2) when the president acts without “either a congressional grant or denial of authority,” his power is based only upon reliance of his own independent powers” where there is potential for concurrent authority with Congress; and, 3) when the president acts against the express or implied will of Congress, “his power is at its lowest ebb.”



Jackson found that the seizure by Truman fell within the third category. The Jackson concurrence has subsequently been relied upon when assessing the extent of a president’s authority. We are now talking about a wall with steel made by American steel producers according to Trump and the case that will stop him from a national emergency executive order deals with American steel.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Comey” – Google News: Fair, Balanced & Unafraid: FNC Celebrates 10 Years of Bret Baier Anchoring ‘Special Report’ – Fox News Insider

Fair, Balanced & Unafraid: FNC Celebrates 10 Years of Bret Baier Anchoring ‘Special Report’  Fox News Insider

Saturday marks ten years since Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier took the reins of “Special Report” from Fox News analyst Brit Hume.

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